News in Brief

Data Rx for Healthcare: Security, Real-Time Analytics

May 27, 2015 |

Life sciences and the health care sectors have been steadily embracing big data analytics as an engine of innovation and a means of reducing costs by, among other things, intelligently allocating resources where they will do the most public good. While there is plenty of upside to applying data analytics to life sciences and healthcare, a new study identifies several key challenges, including data governance, harnessing real-time analytics and the need for an overarching big data analytics strategy. “As big Read more…

Farm Net Seeks to Plant Seeds of Big Data

May 26, 2015 |

Farmers used to swap stories and discuss the weather at the feed store or the grain elevator. Now they are just as likely to be gathered around a computer screen analyzing data on crop yields across the country. That’s at least one of the goals of the Farmers Business Network launched last fall to break down agricultural data on millions of acres of U.S. farmland while providing “real-world” results on the performance of different seed and crop strains as well Read more…

Spark Gets New Machine Learning Framework: KeystoneML

May 26, 2015 |

The AMPLab this week announced the release of KeystoneML, a framework for building and deploying large-scale machine-learning pipelines within Apache Spark. While the software is still in alpha stage, it’s stable enough for developers to begin using it, project backers say. KeystoneML is designed to be a faster and more sophisticated alternative to SparkML, the machine learning framework that’s a full member of the Apache Spark club. Whereas SparkML comes with a basic set of operators for processing text and Read more…

Warning: ‘Big Data Paralysis’ Ahead

May 21, 2015 |

As the Internet of Things and other platforms generate ever-expanding volumes of data, a new survey finds that 73 percent of respondents are facing “big data paralysis.” The global survey by the U.S. branch of the Germany’s Software AG based in Reston, Va., included 750 respondents at organizations with more than $500 million in annual revenue. While a whopping 97 percent complained they are overwhelmed by the nonstop torrent of data, the survey paradoxically found “an incessant need for more Read more…

Security Concerns Extend to ‘Big Data Life Cycle’

May 20, 2015 |

The “datafication” of modern life is now measured in the quintillions of bytes of data generated by humans each day. The struggle to store, manage and retrieve the waterfall of data has also highlighted a growing list of privacy and security issues. Privacy concerns stemming from the rise of big data and the resulting backlash against abuses like unscrupulous data brokers have resulted in a range of regulatory initiatives designed to safeguard sensitive information. Now, greater attention is being given Read more…

Cloud BI, Machine Learning Startups Attract Investors

May 19, 2015 |

A pair of analytics startups announced successful funding rounds this week as investment capital continues to pour into the big data market. San Francisco-based DataHero, a cloud business intelligence vendor, said Tuesday (May 19) it raised $6.1 million in Series A funding round led by existing investor Foundry Group. DataHero’s “self-service” business intelligence platform allows users to quickly log in and visualize cloud data. Separately, data science specialist Feedzai said Monday (May 18) it raised $17.5 million in a Series Read more…

U.S. Launches ‘Police Data Initiative’

May 18, 2015 |

As part of an effort to repair badly strained relations between municipal police forces and the communities they are supposed to serve, the White House launched a “Police Data Initiative” this week in an attempt to fix community policing. A key focus of the effort will be pouring through video from body-worn cameras. The initiative, launched during a visit by President Obama to Camden, N.J., builds on the Task Force on 21st Century Policing launched last December. The issue of Read more…

Gartner: Hadoop Adoption ‘Fairly Anemic’

May 14, 2015 |

Enterprise adoption of Hadoop remains “tentative,” according to a new survey, as lingering challenges posed by doubts about the business value of the software framework and database skills gap hinder uptake. Market researcher Gartner Inc. reported this week that only 125 respondents to a recent survey of 284 clients said they have invested in Hadoop or plan to over the next two years. The survey was conducted between February and March of this year. “Despite considerable hype and reported successes Read more…

Analytics Leaders Target Speed, Context, Functionality

May 13, 2015 |

Among the emerging trends in the data analytics business is the desire for faster access to business insights with improved context along with greater functionality in areas like predictive analytics and cognitive intelligence. Hence, the latest vendor rankings from market watcher Nucleus Research reveal that leading analytics vendors are pursuing both requirements with a mix of deep analytics architectures and flexible, cloud-based offerings. The Nucleus Research “value matrix” is among a growing list of vendor rankings that seeks to identify Read more…

Wikibon Analyst Kelly: Big Data is Entrenched

May 12, 2015 |

Back in 2011, when the respected Wikibon researcher Jeff Kelly began tracking big data, the technology was, in his view, “long on promise but short on specifics.” In his final blog post for the Wikibon Project, Kelly concludes that the technology has come full circle, asserting that its steady application has helped to solve real-world business challenges while evolving into a “competitive differentiator” in a world gone digital. It has even helped deliver sports championships. “Big data is no longer Read more…